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Tiki Drink: Three Dots and a Dash
Basement Bar Design: Volcano Tiki Prop
Tiki Compliant: The Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail
Tiki Month 2014

Tiki Drink: Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dots and a Dash
Three Dots and a Dash is a Don the Beachcomber classic with his signature spicy exotic melange of flavors. It manages to work in virtually every Beachcomber marker ingredient, including falernum, pimento dram, and honey mix. I’ve somehow missed making it for lo these many Tiki Months, and now that I have, I’m regretting the lost time. Make no mistake, it is a pain in the ass to make, with no less than eight ingredients beside the ice, and it needs flash blending to boot. To top it off, it really needs a complex garnish, as I’ll discuss after the recipe.


  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part honey mix
  • 3 parts amber rum
  • 1 part Demerara rum
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 part falernum
  • 1/2 part pimento dram (allspice liqueur)
  • 12 parts small ice

Flash blend all ingredients for about five seconds. Serve in a fun vessel, and garnish as below. Classic serving is 1/2 ounce per part per person.

The classic garnish is a long skewer with three cherries and a pineapple spear; three dots, and a dash, see? Since I currently have no pineapple in solid form, I nestled the cherries in a pod of a pineapple leaf. It is still three short things, and one long.

Three dots and a dash stand for the Morse Code letter ‘V’. The drink was invented during World War Two, and V for Victory was an important part of the mindset of most involved in the war effort on the Allied side.

Winston Churchill Victory Two Fingers
Winnie liked his V’s too.
Source: The Independent

Winston Churchill was central to popularizing the V for Victory two-fingered gesture. Most of the time, he flashed the V with his hand turned to have the palm facing out. When he flipped it around, as shown in this picture, there is an older, severely rude meaning. Since he did it only seldom, I’m sure each time he did, he did it for added effect. Winston Churchill was exquisitely calculated in all his insults. He was a stutterer, so every “spontaneous” quip he made had to have been thought out in advance to make sure he didn’t stumble on its delivery. That means he had locked and loaded this in advance, the greatest putdown in history.

Bessie Braddock (MP-Socialist): Winston, you’re drunk!
Churchill: Yes, Bessie me dear, and you’re ugly. But in the morning, I shall be sober!

Basement Bar Design: Volcano Tiki Prop

Click through to YouTube for HD video.

Following my tradition of the last few years, I have transformed my modern, sleek basement bar into a Tiki wonderland for the entire month of February in celebration of Tiki Month. Each year, as I’ve learned more about Tiki, I’ve progressed in the decor from cheap, commercial paper products to more lush, realistic decorations, befitting a true Tiki lover.

Atop this post is a video featuring my big new item of decor for this year, my four and a half foot volcano, complete with lighting and smoke effects. The bottom of this post is a detailed description of its construction, along with hints and products you’ll need should you want to try to execute one of these beauties for yourself. I do want to point out that I also added to my collection perhaps the one piece of Tiki decor that virtually every real Tikiphile insists is essential for a real Tiki bar: The blowfish light fixture!
Tiki blowfish lamp
I purchased this spiffy little fishbowl at a Tiki event last Summer from a local artist named Yelena, along with smaller red and blue glass float lamps. I hung them from my track light rails, and wrapped the power and extension cords with jute rope to make it look more rustic. These lights don’t actually produce any usable light; just enough to be seen. They are damned hard to photograph well, but this over-lit picture will show how I mounted them for my temporary installation.
Tiki blowfish and glass float lights
I also increased the amount of living foliage. This is cheap to do at this time of year, because Home Depot and Lowe’s run great sales about now on tropical indoor potted plants. Who wouldn’t want to be out shopping for orchids at five below? (Pro Tip: park real close to the store’s exit so the flowers don’t die before you reach your car.) With the lights down, there are numerous dark areas of the bar that are essentially too dark, so I added lots of those small, battery-operated votive candles in various holders to those areas to change them from block holes to mysterious corners. Behind the forest now hangs my neon canary in its bird cage. (It is my hope that this guy will next year sing the theme to the Enchanted Tiki Room…)
Tiki Plant Decor
But the big thing is my nearly life-sized Mt. Pegu Pegu volcano!
Completed paper mache volcano
I think this prop is awesome. It is very light, portable, and reasonably sturdy (though hardly tough). I’ll be able to store it in my crawl space when it isn’t Tiki Month.

In addition to showing the volcano in action (the effects are even better in real life), the video also has all that most people would actually be interested in about its construction, in picture form. But for those of you who might actually want to try making one yourself, read on. I’ve got high-res pictures, with explanations, a few product details, and an admonition or two.
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Tiki Compliant: The Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail

Queen's Park hotel Super Cocktail
The Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail is actually a pre-Tiki cocktail, but it fits perfectly into the category my friend Joe Garcia calls “Tiki Compliant“. Both Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic learned their respective Tiki drink templates in the rum soaked Carribean (Don as an itinerant youth, Vic as a cold-eyed businessman doing market and product research), consuming drinks like (and perhaps including) the Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail. It checks all the required boxes for me to make it compliant: rum, citrus, exotic syrups, and melded flavors. I hesitate to just pretend it is an outright Tiki drink because of its origin, and its name, which is too British.


  • 1 1/2 oz. gold Trinidadian rum (I used Mount Gay Eclipse because my Angostura 5 Rum bottle is on fumes)
  • 1/2 oz.Italian (sweet) vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh homemade grenadine
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine in a shaker with ice and shake to chill well. Strain into a cocktail glass or small Tiki vessel and garnish with some form of elaborate lime garnish.

One of the things I love about this drink is that it uses vermouth! I had not encountered a Tiki recipe that used the stuff before, and I’m glad to see that you can make a quite tasty tropical that employs it to good effect. This one will be on the menu the rest of Tiki Month, and I intend to experiment with better and better rums, as this is a Tiki cocktail that I suspect will show off the better spirits, rather than waste them.

I found this in Jeff Berry’s lastest fantastic work: Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean. (Currently in stock from its publisher, Cocktail Kingdom) I will certainly have a full review of this book later in Tiki Month 2014, when I’ve finished most of it. Suffice it to say here that not only is it a great cocktail book, it is also a fantastic history of the Carribean as a whole, seen through the lens of the bottom of a glass.

Tiki Month 2014

Source: LikeCool

It is February. It is a particularly brutal winter. There can be no better time for…
In the cold, miserable days of February, I undertake a grand project. I transform myself and my home bar into a Tiki wonderland. I dress Tiki. I decorate Tiki. I even eat a little bit Tiki. And of course, I enjoy a whole panoply of Tiki drinks. It does wonders to improve the mood in these dark days.

Join me, won’t you?

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